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 Posted 09/12/2012  04:26 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add ninamason to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
These have been turning up with a stunning amount of regularity at my work since the stunning "75% of a state set right here, thanks" night, when I got what appeared to be uncirculated proofs. I've found two proofs before (1968 penny, 1986 nickel), but in the last few weeks I've found three proof State Quarters that are, sadly, damaged due to circulation (I rescued two, and one disappeared). They're not massively banged-up, as far as coins go, but the mirror finishes are damaged.

What are these worth? Should I throw them on the Bay and hope somebody wants them? (Does someone here want to give them a good home?) Or are even damaged proofs worth holding onto?
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 Posted 09/12/2012  08:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numismo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Your choice. If they're impaired, not many would want them. You might wanna set them free for someone else to worry about.
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09/12/2012 08:17 am
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 Posted 09/12/2012  11:41 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jdbarrick to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Lets see some photos.
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 Posted 09/12/2012  1:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Night Hawk to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've seen a half a dozen proof coins show up in change this year at work, I've even found one, a 1986 proof quarter, in a park while metal detecting.
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 Posted 09/12/2012  2:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Senex to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I once pulled a Bicentennial quarter proof from circulation.
Sadly, it was not silver.
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 Posted 09/12/2012  3:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Broken-Coin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Last month I received a 2006s proof quarter in change, and knowing it's not worth much, decided to release this cutie back into circulation for someone else to enjoy.. I have also received a 1982 DDO Loincoln Cent and a 1996 Cent that at first glance looks to be a heavy grease strike, but I'm now thinking it may be struck from a late stage capped die... I just posted photos on photobucket and will be posting them on CCF in a day ot two...
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 Posted 09/12/2012  3:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add yotie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
a lowball Proof State Quarter set
bet not many could be built under PR50
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 Posted 09/12/2012  5:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add VGRX to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
PR50?

I didn't know such a grade existed. With enough wear wouldn't they be given a circulated grade?
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 Posted 09/12/2012  6:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Night Hawk to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
VGRX

No. A "proof" coin is a coin struck using a special minting process and made especially for collectors, the dies and planchets are (usually) treated differently then dies and planchets used for circulated coinage. Once a proof coin is made it will always be a proof coin even if it gets released into circulation.
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 Posted 09/12/2012  6:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add smokeriderdon to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No, they will always be a proof coin. The number simply designates the level of wear on it. So you could conceivably have a PF8 coin.
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 Posted 09/12/2012  7:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 1967Canadapenny to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a 1995s half dollar. It is one of my favorite coins but I haven't posted it lately because last time I did everyone thought it was counterfeit. I assure you, it is just my inability to take good photos . I took this pic a few months ago, and its even more worn now. It has a beautiful circulation cameo.




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